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Eco ski hotels

Sustainable ski hotels with SNO®

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Nothing beats that good night’s sleep after a grand day on the hill, but to really rest easy, make your base one of our environmentally-friendly ski hotels. Set in landscapes of snowy white, these properties move mountains to make your stay as green as possible, from banning plastic straws to offsetting all carbon emissions.

Skiing simply wouldn’t be without the wonders of Mother Nature and climate change is SNO joke. The good news is that more and more mountain hotels are upping their eco game. If you want to help protect the planet and enjoy a jolly good ski trip while you’re at it, these are the best sustainable ski hotels in the business.

Besides having a fantastic location right at the foot of the Triffolet home run, Le Sam proudly brandishes La Clef Verte label for its excellent environmental friendliness. Geothermal energy heats the spa here as well as part of the building, which utilises natural materials, eco-cleaning products and low energy lightbulbs.

Val d'Isere

Highlights ½ of Espace Killy Fantastic après Traditional chocolate box village Skiable glacier

New eco measures seem to be put in place every time we return to the Fairmont Chateau. Favourites include the fact that discarded soap and bottled products are recycled or donated to food banks. And the Rooftop bee hives, which provide bees to pollinate the local area in the summer (and produce cracking honey). There’s also in-room recycling, LED lighting and water-saving showerheads. Food and drink-wise, it’s all regional, organic, sustainable and Fairtrade whenever possible. 90% of organic waste gets diverted from landfill and kitchen grease is recycled. Straws are only provided on request - and even then, they’re completely compostable.

Whistler

Highlights Largest ski area in North America Consistently voted best in the world

Sunstar gallantly offset all CO2 emissions to make staying in Arosa’s Alpine Hotel carbon neutral. Charging is available for Teslas, or if you’re travelling by another method you can request that they calculate the carbon emissions of your journey and add the offset cost to your bill, for a totally carbon-free trip. The hotel uses renewable energy sources, energy saving lights and water saving showers. Food and wine served is local, sustainable and d-e-licious.

Arosa

Highlights Awesome off-piste New linked ski-area Sunny, high altitude skiing

Not to boast, but this is Slovenia’s first Green Globe certified hotel and the most energy efficient hotel in the area – so it deserves to scream ECO in its name. A water well next to the hotel works with a heat pump to warm the hotel and water wastage is kept to a wonderful minimum. Why stop with a water well? There’s also an energy station which cogenerates electric energy and heat, providing all energy needed for the hotel - and its spectacular aquapark. Floor heating, LED lights, insulated walls and roofing are also used.

Bohinj

Highlights Beautiful scenery Multi-resort lift pass Slovenia's best ski resort

Not only is your stay here gloriously CO2-neutral, the hotel actually has a positive CO2 footprint and it’s all thanks to the property’s very own hydropower station. True troopers when it comes to minimising waste production and water pollution, the owners recycle as much as possible, have installed refillable soap dispensers and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. You’ll also find electric vehicle charging points for guests. Food wise, as much as possible is sourced locally and from the hotel grounds. No wonder this place holds the Austrian and European Ecolabels.

Bad Kleinkirchheim

Highlights St Katherin and Römerbad baths 4 and 5* spa hotels Resort with history

If you choose this hotel in car-free Wengen, your stay’s totally carbon neutral thanks to the Sunstar group who offset all emissions. The Sunstar Alpine makes a huge effort to keep energy and water consumption to a minimum, with features such as energy saving lighting and economy spray shower heads. Sustainable food and wine is served in the restaurant – from the local area where possible to make sure food miles stay minimal.

Wengen

Highlights Part of the Jungfrau ski area Quintessential mountain village Lauberhorn World Cup piste

Leading the way in green hospitality, this LEED certified ECO hotel is earth friendly from the inside, out. You’ll find everything from fluorescent lighting to organic mattresses and reusable aluminium bottles to slash plastic usage. Water saving systems have been put in place and all power is offset by wind, solar and hydro power. The structure of the hotel is 80% recycled and the roof is made from Eco-Shake shingles. Half of the waste produced in the building process was reused or recycled.

Jackson Hole

Highlights World class skiing Wild West après Superb ski school

Hotel Belvedere uses hydroelectric power for energy and Grindelwald’s wood-fired heating plant for heat. Any waste heat is then used to warm the indoor swimming pool. Other litter is separated for recycling with any organic waste being sent to a biogas plant. Energy saving lamps and biodegradable cleaning products are also used.

Grindelwald

Highlights Classic ski destination Exciting excursions Linked to the Jungfrau ski area

This hotel has Canada’s 5 Green Key Eco Rating and has nobly practiced ‘No Net Negative Environmental Impact’ strategies for over a decade. 50% of the energy comes from wood biomass power and total energy use is on the decrease. 80% of lighting is energy efficient and water saving fixtures are fitted throughout. Meals are made from local, sustainable and fairly traded ingredients when possible. There’s an extensive recycling program and leftover toiletries are donated to the Clean the World Foundation to be distributed to those in need.

Lake Louise

Highlights Legendary ski resort Designated beginner zones Massive ski area

Perks of being part of the Sunstar group include the fact that this hotel completely offsets all its CO2 emissions to give guests a carbon neutral holiday. The hotel is connected to Grindelwald’s wood-fired district heating system and takes energy-minimising measures like installing long-life light bulbs. Charging is available for electric vehicles in case you’re considering car hire or driving to Grindelwald.

Grindelwald

Highlights Classic ski destination Exciting excursions Linked to the Jungfrau ski area

Banff Park Lodge

The Lodge has earned a Four Green Leaf Rating by taking various eco-conscious measures including water conservation, environmentally conscious cleaning, recycling, waste-reduction and maximising energy efficiency. Bedrooms are kitted out with recycling bins, water saving shower heads, long-life lighting and locally made furniture. The roof is made with eco-friendly Enviroshake tiles which are almost entirely made from reprocessed polymers, elastomers and fibres.

Hotel Ischgl

First things first, food: regional, sustainable, organic and fairly traded produce is used in the kitchen at Hotel Ischgl. And once you’ve stuffed yourself silly, you can retire to your room where you’ll find features like sustainable, Austrian-made textiles and LED lamps. Day and night, the energy used comes from hydroelectric power.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Another example of Fairmont’s fine effort in the eco department, Jasper Park Lodge has a 5 Key Green Eco Rating. There are car charge stations so if you’re planning to hire some wheels, you can make them electric powered ones for the ultimate green ski trip. Local, organic, sustainable food is served in the restaurants and there’s even an on-site greenhouse growing ingredients with zero food metres - let alone miles. The Outlaw the Straw program is in full force, with the hotel offering paper straws on request. Even more plastic is saved by swapping plastic bottles for glasses and pitchers and the thorough recycling program here. Water saving fixtures are also installed throughout.

Camp Zero

A new hotel built from sustainable materials, Camp Zero has Tesla charging stations for guests and serves locally-sourced food in its restaurants so that food miles are as little as possible. Not that it makes the place any less or more eco-friendly, but the fact that there are indoor and outdoor climbing walls is a definite bonus…

Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont does a jolly good job at making its hotels earth-friendly and this Banff Springs one is no exception with a HAC Green Key Eco Rating of 4 keys. The meals here are all the more delicious being made from local, organic, sustainable and Fair-Trade foods. Energy efficient lightbulbs and water-saving fixtures have been installed throughout, too. If you’re hiring a car, make it an electric model to ski green as can be – the hotel is kitted out with EV and Tesla charging stations.

Hotel Amerikan

Built largely in natural wood and stone, this Italian ‘Eco-Hotel’ runs on alternative energy. An environmentally-conscious electrolysis system provides chemical-free, sensitive-to-skin swimming pool water. The Amerikan has also installed a Burrasca Palina electric vehicle charging station for those travelling to resort by EV.

Copperhill Mountain Lodge

Copperhill complies with ISO 14001 (a framework for effective environmental management) and strives to minimise waste production and energy usage as much as possible. The restaurant promises to use local produce as much as possible and strictly nothing containing palm oil. Last time we checked, they had big plans for any food waste to be used for biogas production.

Hotel Sunstar Beausite

The Sunstar brand works with E2 in Zurich to offset ALL carbon dioxide emissions from energy to food, transport, waste and beyond. Waste is recycled and energy saving lightbulbs installed. The food served is sustainably sourced as well as being regional, seasonal and fairly traded wherever it’s possible. The wine collection is also sustainable (as well as delicious).

Eager to do more in the eco skiing department? Take your eco ski trip to the next level by checking out the most eco ski resorts and following advice in our Eco Ski Holidays guide.

You can also keep your carbon offset minimal when it comes to the journey part of your holiday by driving to the Alps - particularly in an Electric Vehicle - or travelling to your ski resort by train.

Best eco ski hotels

Hotel Rating Resort Country Features
Hotel Le Samovar 4 Val d’Isere France La Clef Verte Label, uses geothermal energy, natural materials
Fairmont Chateau Whistler 5 Whistler Canada In room recycling, efficient lighting & showers, plastic-straw free, sustainable food
Sunstar Alpine Hotel 4 Arosa Switzerland All CO2 emissions are offset, tesla charging, runs on renewable energy
Bohinj ECO Hotel 4s Bohinj Slovenia Green Globe certified, own water well & energy station
Hotlel Trattlerhof 4 Bad Kleinkirchheim Austria CO2 neutral hotel stay, own hydropower station, big on recycling
Sunstar Alpine Hotel 4 Wengen Switzerland Offset all carbon emissions, energy & water conserving, sustainable food
Hotel Terra 4 Jackson Hole USA LEED certified, sustainably built, organic mattresses, minimal energy, water & waste
Hotel Belvedere 4s Grindelwald Switzerland Runs on hydroelectric power & wood-fired heating, excellent recycling practices
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 5 Lake Louise Canada Canada’s 5 Green Key Eco Rating, extensive recycling, sustainable food
Sunstar Alpine Hotel 4 Grindelwald Switzerland Offsets all carbon emissions, powered on wood-fired heating, EV charging
Banff Park Lodge 3 Banff Canada 4 Green Leaf eco rating, great at maximising recycling & minimising water waste and energy usage
Hotel Ischgl 4 Ischgl Austria Sustainable food & textiles, runs on hydroelectric power
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge 4 Jasper Canada 5 Key Green Eco Rating, EV charging, sustainable food, plastic straw free
Camp Zero 5 Champoluc Italy Sustainably built, Tesla charging, minimal food miles
Fairmont Banff Springs 4 Banff Canada 4 Green Key HAC rating, sustainable food, efficient lighting & water saving
Hotel Amerikan 4 Livigno Italy Runs on renewable energy, chemical free swimming pool, EV charging
The Crystal Lifestyle Hotel 4 Obergurgl Austria Runs on renewable energy, homemade & local food and drink
Hotel Sunstar Beausite 4 Saas Fee Switzerland All carbon emissions offset, waste recycled and food sustainably sourced

We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.


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